Ten Delicious Super Foods

Posted In 10Awesome, Food, Health, Nutrition - By Maria On Friday, February 8th, 2013 With 0 Comments

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You probably already know about superfoods, foods that not only feed you but are so good for you that they actively improve your health. Of course, some like goji berries are still debatable or genuinely overhyped but there is no debating that a lot of the superfoods are indeed extremely good for you and can improve your health. Here is a list of ten delicious superfoods.

 

10. Salmon

 

Salmon, especially wild salmon is a fantastic source of omega-3 fatty acids, a natural compound that lowers the risk for heart disease, fights arthritis and is even believed to have an impact in neurological issues like Alzheimer’s disease. Other fatty wild-caught fish are equally  rich in Omega.

 

9. Cranberries

 

Cranberries are the ultimate superfruit. They have one of the highest contents of antioxidants known to man, they are full of vitamin c and the rare but essential mineral manganese. Not only that but there is a solid evidence that cranberries have an actual, measurable health effect in the treatment of urinary issues related to bacteria.

 

8. Blueberries

 

 

Another berry that is full of vitamin C and antioxidants blueberries have added benefits in the form of  high potassium content and anti-inflammatory properties. Blueberries should be a permanent part of your diet and remember that they are just as good frozen as fresh!

 

7. Broccoli

 

Broccoli might not be as appetising as the above two but it is absolutely full of iron, vitamin C, selenium and has potent immunity-boosting elements as well as cancer fighting compounds. It is also rich in lutein and beta carotene and has been linked to reduced heart risks and reduced chances of getting prostate cancer

 

6. Avocado

 

Avocado and Bananas are perhaps the two single reasons why vegan diets are actually feasible. Full of protein and monounsaturated fats the avocado is a meal all in one with tons of fibre, more potassium than bananas and a lot of vitamins. They have also been shown to have an impact on cholesterol, reducing  blood levels with regular consumption.

 

5. Bananas

 

Perhaps not as hyped as Avocado but still the go-to nutritious fruit for vegans bananas are full of fiber, vitamin b6, potassium and manganese. They are great in shakes and are under study as potential supplements for people with  low levels of some amino acids that lead to mental problems.

 

4. Greek Yogurt

 

Greek Yogurt is a meal all in one, and a vast improvement over regular Yogurt due to its stunningly high protein content and reduced carb content. It also has less sodium and although it is high in fat there are great low and non-fat versions that lose most of the fat but none of the flavour.

 

3. Walnuts

 

You never know if nuts are good for you. One study tells you that they’re too ‘dense’ and are easy to overeat, another study says that they are absolutely great and full of  antioxidants. Well, walnuts are great for you as long as you eat them moderately. They are high in omega-3 fatty acids, high in antioxidants and the fat in them is all unsaturated, therefore actually fighting cholesterol levels. Hazelnuts and almonds are Justas good so don’t be afraid to mix and match your nutty snacks.

 

2. Spinach

 

Spinach is surprisingly low in iron, for all the Popeye cartoons. It still has quite a bit of it just not the levels people thought it had a century ago. What it does have instead is a lot of Vitamin A, K and C Manganese, folate, magnesium and a lot of cancer fighting compounds that we’re just learning about. Perhaps the best thing about Spinach though is that it is extremely tasty both cooked and raw, in salads.

 

1. Oats

 

 

Oatmeal is the perfect start to any day, pure and simple. It is high in fiber, high in protein, it’s a whole grain, it doesn’t raise your blood sugar and it is extremely heart-healthy. Eating just a cup of oatmeal each morning will make sure that you’re both healthy and well fed. And oats are great in breads and flower mixes as well. It is quite fitting that a food traditionally associated with horses can heep you healthy as a horse.

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- Maria is a freelance writer and all-round health nut who lives in Utrecht with her two cats, two bikes and her guy. She's an online marketing and social media buff, gadget geek and movie freak whose pen (read: keyboard) never rests. Maria is a keen backpacker and occasional marathon runner, and don't even get her started on her love of camping!

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